Betavolt nuclear battery

China with Nuclear Battery: 50 Years of ‘Life’ from a Single Charge

Camera systems that ‘defeat’ DSLR cameras and CPUs that outperform computers. However, smartphones’ batteries hardly last for more than a day.

However, there is one Chinese firm that is making a significant impact in the area of battery research. Betavolt, a Beijing-based company, has developed a nuclear battery.

The battery is fueled by a nickel radioisotope (Ni⁶³). A layer of diamond serves as a semiconductor. These batteries will produce ten times more energy than existing lithium batteries.

Betavolt is confident in the safety of its nuclear battery, which has sufficient shielding to prevent radiation from harming the human body and is acceptable for medical equipment such as pacemakers.

The battery’s multilayer architecture not only protects against fires and explosions but also allows it to operate in temperatures ranging from -60°C to 120°C.

Mass production of the nuclear battery is scheduled to commence after testing is done and all relevant permissions have been acquired.

Advantages of Betavolt nuclear battery

It provides a life of around 50 years. An enormous advantage over traditional batteries.

The Betavolt battery is extremely compact, measuring 15x15x5 mm, making it perfect for powering a wide range of devices, including medical implants and small drones.

Betavolt asserts that the battery’s waste products are non-radioactive and pose no risk to the environment.

This kind of technology has several potential uses, including powering pacemakers and satellites and enabling drone flights.

Disadvantages of Betavolt nuclear battery

Currently, the Betavolt battery only generates 100 microwatts of power, which is insufficient for many applications. The company intends to improve this to 1 watt by 2025, although it is still insufficient for several gadgets.

While Betavolt believes the battery is safe, the use of radioactive elements may cause concern for some.

These batteries will be expensive initially.

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